4 killed, 14 injured in Taliban mortar shelling in N. Afghan province_china

Cheryl Sanders
October 24, 2020

The US, as per the report, was helping the Taliban even when warplanes undertook strikes against the terror group in different parts of Afghanistan. Watandost did not share further details.

The assault in a Takhar village took place on Wednesday as Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces clashed in the area according to provincial police spokesperson Khali Aseer.

An air strike by the Afghan military killed 11 children and a prayer leader at a mosque, local authorities said Thursday, in an account disputed by the national government.

'The Afghan government is obligated to investigate possible laws-of-war violations by their forces, ' Gossman said. "The news of children killed in a mosque in Takhar is baseless", he wrote on Facebook. No responsibility for the attack has been claimed yet. However, there are also reports of civilians being killed in the attack, which is under investigation.

Afghan security forces at the site of a bomb attack earlier this month.

Senior officials in the capital city Kabul, including First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, denied that children had been killed in the air strike. "Those who spread rumours will be dealt legally".

A United Nations report found that civilian casualties from airstrikes carried out by Afghan forces tripled in the first six months of this year, compared to the same time period last year. 'The free expression rights of those reporting on alleged violations should be respected'. Administration officials signaled that they didn't like or trust the Taliban and that, until it made more concessions, it could expect only blistering bombardment.

The latest surge in violence and aggression all over the country has arisen due to the Afghan government officials being in discussions with the Taliban in Qatar, where the latter have their political office for the past few years. The negotiations, envisaged under a USA deal signed with the insurgents in February, are meant to end Afghanistan's grueling 19-year war and are seen as the country's best chance at peace.

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